Registration is now CLOSED for 2021. We look forward to seeing you for the Great American Cleanup next spring!

Keep Arkansas Beautiful proudly promotes two annual cleanups – the Great American Cleanup and the Great Arkansas Cleanup. Our goal is to turn the entire state "clean", by sponsoring a cleanup in every single county in Arkansas! Take the Go Clean Challenge and register a cleanup event in your county!

Keep America Beautiful’s Great American Cleanup takes place each spring from March through May and is the nation’s largest community improvement effort. Thousands of Arkansas volunteers clean up and beautify their communities before the tourism and vacation seasons begin.

The Great Arkansas Cleanup takes place each fall from September (the first weekend after Labor Day) through October. Thousands of Arkansans remove tons of trash from our state’s roadways, shorelines, parks, and public areas during this statewide community improvement campaign.

Thank you to all our Coordinating Partners who have organized cleanup events in their communities across the state. View our 2019-2020 Coordinating Partners here!

*Please note: Requests will be fulfilled on a "first-come, first-serve basis", based on available inventory. If supplies are needed, please be sure to register your events at least 3 weeks in advance. T-shirts are our most-requested supply, and we cannot guarantee every volunteer will receive a t-shirt. We suggest using t-shirts as prizes for volunteers who 1) have attended the most cleanups, 2) youngest volunteers, 3) oldest volunteer, 4) who traveled the farthest, 5) name drawings, etc.

Due to high demand, it may take up to 2 weeks to process your request. Please register your event(s) as soon as possible. Supply requests received less than 14 business days prior to event may not be fulfilled. Dates outside the designated cleanup range of March 1st - May 31st and September 11th - October 31st will not be accepted.*

Interested in finding a volunteer event near you? Click here to visit our Calendar of Events.

2021 Great American & Great Arkansas Cleanup Online Forms

2021 Great American & Great Arkansas Cleanup Coordinator Materials (downloadable forms)

2021 Great American & Great Arkansas Cleanup Planning & Promotion

Keep America Beautiful Tools

About the Great American Cleanup

Once a community signs on to host a Great American Cleanup in Arkansas event, KAB will work with that community to organize and publicize the effort. KAB will provide volunteers with GLAD® trash bags, gloves, safety vests and T-shirts. Promotional materials available to communities include banners, fliers, customizable news release, volunteer stickers and brochures. The KAB Facebook page and website are also available to coordinators to promote their events.

During the 2019 Great American Cleanup in Arkansas, nearly 7,000 volunteers worked more than 28,000 hours in communities across the state. This community improvement effort involved 179 events, with volunteers collecting 153,343 pounds of litter from 862 miles of roadway, 123 miles of waterway and shorelines, and 1,368 acres of parks and public areas!

Arkansans also recycled 3,868 tires and 58,711 pounds of electronics. Click here to see our 2019 Great American Cleanup Results infographic! The total economic value of the 2019 Great American Cleanup to Arkansas communities was $1,373,035.

About the Great Arkansas Cleanup

The Great Arkansas Cleanup began in 1969 as the Greers Ferry Lake and Little Red River Cleanup. In 1985, then-U.S. Sen. Dale Bumpers guided legislation requiring an annual pickup event during the weekend after Labor Day on all federal lands. This law, the Carl Garner Federal Lands Cleanup Act, honors the founder of the event. Mr. Garner continued his advocacy for a clean and litter-free environment until his death in 2014.

During the 2019 Great Arkansas Cleanup, more than 7,000 volunteers worked almost 37,000 hours in communities across the state. The community improvement effort involved 189 events, with volunteers collecting 182,604 pounds of litter from 1,148 miles of roadways, 979 miles of waterways, and more than 20,400 acres of parks and public areas.

The total economic value of the 2019 Great Arkansas Cleanup to Arkansas communities was $1,548,581.

If you have questions about a Great American Cleanup or Great Arkansas Cleanup event in your community, please email us at:

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